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Life on Earth (1998)

La vie sur terre (original title)
In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abderrahmane Sissako ... Dramane
Nana Baby Nana Baby ... La jeune fille
Mohamed Sissako Mohamed Sissako ... Le Pére
Bourama Coulibaly Bourama Coulibaly ... Le Photographe
Keita Bina Gaousso Keita Bina Gaousso ... Le receveur Poste
Mahamadou Dramé Mahamadou Dramé ... L'Opérateur Poste
Moussa Fofana Moussa Fofana ... L'invité radio
Keita Kagny Keita Kagny ... L'ami du photographe
Madlaye Traoré Madlaye Traoré ... Le Coiffeur
Solo Diarra Solo Diarra ... Le Client
Fodia Coulibaly Fodia Coulibaly ... Le Tailleur
Madou Mariko Madou Mariko ... Le Journaliste radio
Lassina Kané Lassina Kané ... L'ingénieur son radio
Mahamane Maiiga Mahamane Maiiga ... Le deuoéme Jouranliste de la Bibliothéque Pariée
Cheykh Bouya Ould Yarba Cheykh Bouya Ould Yarba ... Les Clients Poste
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In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the village of Sokolo. He meets the lovely Nana, and there are possibilities. People place long-distance calls from the post office. "Reaching people," says the postmaster, "is a matter of luck." Contrasts between Paris and Sokolo - between Mali and France and between Africa and Europe - are underscored by voice-over poems and comments by Aimé Césaire. A man dictates a letter to a brother in France: what is the nature of their hardships? People look for their place on this earth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Mali | Mauritania | France

Language:

French | Bambara

Release Date:

9 June 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Life on Earth See more »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color
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Beautiful, but nothing to hold them together.
12 November 1999 | by suspieSee all my reviews

The story of a man celebrating the Y2K in the small African village of Sokolo. The normal way of life is still going by it's s-l-o-w pace in Sokolo, and no one takes notice of the new worldwide celebrations. There are a lot of beautiful images in this film, but there really is no story to bind them together. And 61 minutes of nothing but beautiful images becomes kind of boring.


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